Paraplegia as a rare complication of tracheal resection anastomosis

Khairul Bariah Noh, Irfan Mohamad, Thevagi Maruthamuthu, Sanjeevan Nadarajah, Nik Fariza Husna Nik Hassan


Tracheal resection is the definitive surgical treatment whereby resection of stenotic segment with end-to-end anastomosis is performed. The procedure is indicated in a case of grade IV tracheal stenosis. Known complications include granulation tissue formation, restenosis of the trachea, anastomotic separation, tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) and tracheoinnominate fistula (TIF), wound infection, laryngeal edema and laryngeal dysfunction. We present an 18- year-old gentleman whom previously ambulating, developed acute paraplegia following this surgery. In this report we discuss the possible causes that may lead to paraplegia in our case.


Paraplegia, Tracheal stenosis, Resection, Anastomosis

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